ABOUT OUR SCHOOL

Ardnagrath National School is a Primary School in Walderstown, Athlone, Co Westmeath, Ireland. The School Day begins at 9.20am. Lunch break is from 12.30pm. to 1.00pm. Junior Infants and Senior Infants finish at 2pm. School closing time is 3pm. The school was opened in 1963, with an extension added in 1995. In 2006 we completed the construction of another classroom, computer room, P.E. room and a “Sprung” gymnasium (We were the first primary school in the country to erect a gymnasium of this type).

 

INFORMATION

Our School Ardnagrath National School is a Primary School in Walderstown, Athlone, Co Westmeath, Ireland. The School Day begins at 9.20am. Lunch break is from 12.30pm. to 1.00pm. Junior Infants and Senior Infants finish at 2pm. School closing time is 3pm.

The school was opened in 1963, with an extension added in 1995. In 2006 we completed the construction of another classroom, computer room, P.E. room and a “Sprung” gymnasium (We were the first primary school in the country to erect a gymnasium of this type). We are in the process of building another extension which will consist of a further two classrooms.

The school is very proud of its five Green School Flag awards. These have been achieved for our work in litter/waste management, energy conservation, water conservation, transport and most recently, biodiversity.

 

We a have vibrant and caring staff and Board of management.

OUR STAFF

Junior Infants & Principal: Amelia Keena
Senior Infants & First Class: Maura Farrell
Second Class: Emmet Keena
Third & Fourth Class: Siobhan Flynn
Fifth & Sixth Class: John Keane
Resource Teacher:  Ita Browne
Learning Support Teacher:  Carol O’Donohoe
Special Needs Assistants:  Linda Parkes & Siobhan Keena
Secretary:  Yvonne Moran
Music Teachers:  Gerry Lacey & Patrick Heffernan
GAA Coach:  Enda Dowd

 

LOCAL HISTORY

Oliver Goldsmith Oliver Goldsmith was born on the 10th of November 1728 in Pallas. He had one sister and three brothers. His father was appointed curate of Kilkenny West in 1730. They lived in a house near Lissoy. Our Village is situated in the heart of Goldsmith Country. Olivers most famous poem ‘The Deserted Village’ was written about our locality. His teacher Thomas Byrne who taught at the village school in Lissoy was a great inspiration to Oliver and he mentions him fondly in the poem’The Deserted Village’ Extract from The Deserted Village There, in his noisy mansion, skill’d to rule, The village master taught his little school, A man severe he was, and stern to view: I knew him well and every truant knew; From here Oliver went to Longford where he learned French from a Priest friend. He then went to Trinity College Dublin and had a great love for Poetry and Latin. Oliver was a very kind man, often giving away everything he had, even if sometimes foolishly. He graduated from Trinity with a B.A. During this time he narrowly escaped being sent to jail for a riot he was in. He left Trinity to study medicine in England but never finished his course. He then toured around Europe working at various jobs only to return to England broke. He was never really happy in England and wanted to return to Ireland. On the 4th of April 1773 after a short illness, Oliver Goldsmith died of a fever at the age of 45. He was buried in Temple burial grounds He is remembered both for his poetry and plays. These are his greatest works and the dates they were written. 1764 ‘The Traveller’ published 1766 ‘The Vicar of Wakefield’ published 1768 ‘The Good Natured Man’ published 1770 ‘The Deserted Village’ published. 1773 ‘She stoops to Conquer’ published.